As someone who has just started making art I’ve only recently become privy to the thrill of the process. The satisfaction of completing a project start to finish is something I can’t get enough of. Of course, my art and my skills as an artist are in their infant state which is perhaps why it was so nice to get my first work done in such a short amount of time with relatively few hiccups.
My project started with a desire for a standup desk. Inspired by KBMP’s eco arts program (and a small budget) I wanted to repurpose used or discarded items to make my piece. The central ingredient to my desk is old milk crates which I used to form the column that holds up the table top. A quick trip to Supermercado and a few dollars gave me the base pieces I wanted and I was off to the races. Though I had some other options in mind I was lucky enough to find a couple pieces of an old table in the basement of KBS that serve as the tabletop. In a few short hours and with the indispensable help of mentor Matthew Jones I was able to assemble the pieces into the desk I wanted (which I now use daily in my apartment).
I’ll spare the details of how exactly I put it together (and trust me I could go on forever about how handy I think I am) but I would like to quickly touch on where I plan to go from here. As somebody who is trying to become more environmentally conscious I feel that the process of repurposing used and discarded materials into functional objects is making me more aware of what I consume and throw away. With creativity and effort there are so many ways that things can be reused and recycled, moving forward I’ll really have push my imagination to see what I can make. Luckily I’ll be at KBS where this is no shortage of inspiration and creative people to bounce ideas off of.